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Mnuchin: Trump ‘will sign’ McConnell’s COVID-19 relief proposal

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Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday morning that President Donald Trump will sign the coronavirus relief bill put forth by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday.

Mnuchin was on Capitol Hill for a meeting about the bill Wednesday morning when a reporter asked him about what the president would be willing to sign regarding COVID-19 economic relief.

“The president will sign the McConnell proposal that he put forth yesterday,” Mnuchin said.

Immediately after, he was then asked by another reporter about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proposal for relief, about which the Treasury secretary couldn’t say much.

“I’m not going to comment publicly on it, but I did speak to her briefly and there’s also the other bipartisan proposal.”

It is not known when the coronavirus relief package will be passed. Negotiations for a second one have been stalled for months, will little to no progress being made. The first package, known as the CARES Act, was successfully passed back in March and provided much needed economic relief to the tens of millions of Americans left unemployed and small businesses struggling to stay afloat due to the pandemic.

Since then, there have been three other packages. However, struggling Americans were only cut stimulus checks in the first round and some reports indicate that there may not be checks sent this time around either.

So far, it has been generally speculated that the stimulus package won’t be passed until the next Congress commences in January and President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office.

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Michigan asks residents to house migrants, enroll children in school and help adults find employment

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Michigan is asking its residents to help with the mess its leadership created and house migrants in their own homes. The state Department of Labor and Economic Development said volunteers who participate must commit for at least 90 days as part of the refugee support program.

In addition to opening up their homes, sponsors are expected to support newly arrived refugees by greeting them at the airport, securing and preparing initial housing, enrolling children in school and helping adults find employment.

“Programs like the Welcome Corps advance the Office of Global Michigan’s mission to make Michigan the home for opportunity for our immigrant, refugee and ethnic communities,” said Poppy Hernandez, Global Michigan Director and Michigan’s Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer. “Expanded refugee resettlement pathways empower more Michiganders to support our state’s growing refugee population and build a more welcoming and inclusive Michigan for all.”

The migrants will come from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela, all points of origin where many have been hoping to apply for asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Fox News reports “cities like New York and Chicago have also dealt with issues related to migrants committing crimes, as well as pushback from residents who have voiced anger and concern over the influx. Migrant shelters in those cities have largely been full, forcing officials to come up with ways to safely house the migrants.”

Last year, Massachusetts officials asked residents to open their doors as migrant shelters were full at the time. “Most importantly, if you have an extra room or suite in your home, please consider hosting a family. Housing and shelter is our most pressing need and become a sponsor family,” said Massachusetts Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll.

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